Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star
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Description: Another Pioneer Gone To Rest

Date: August 9 1901

Newspaper published in: Tucson

Source: library

Yesterday morning Captain William L. Johnson, died after an illness of three weeks. The deceased was 79 years of age and had lived in Tucson during the last 20 years. Most of the time he was engaged in keeping a lodging house, which brought him in contact with prospectors and miners. Being an honest concientious (sic) confiding man he too easily entered into the sympathy and enthusiasm of the prospector and readily staked them in their ventures, so that his surplus earnings generally went with prospecting and mining.

All had a good word for Capt. Johnson for he spoke ill of no one. He was a friend of all. Upon taking ill he sent for Mr. W.C. Davis, many years his friend, and realized that his end was not far distant and counciled (sic) with Mr. Davis as how best to arrange his worldly effects. He has a daughter, Mrs. Ida M. Thompson living at Jolon, Monterey Co., California, whom he wished to receive his property. Mr. Davis advised him to make a deed to his daughter, outright, of his real estate and a check for his money likewise, so that there would be no estate to settle after his demise, which he did. During his sickness he had the best of care and attention and suffered but little. The end came like a calm sleep. The deceased lost his brother and a son here during the last few years. Both of these bereavements gave him much sorrow, as they had been together for many years.

The funeral will take place this morning at 9 o'clock from R.T. Millar's Undertaking parlors, south Church street. May he rest in peace will be the unexpressed sentiment of many Arizona pioneers.

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